Lately, my perpetual search for perfect skin has taken on a new dimension. While most of my adult life (and teenage one, for that matter) has been absorbed with banishing breakouts, I started to notice that at the ripe old age of 25, I had started to develop a few fine lines on my forehead. "Great," I thought, "I still have to worry about acne and now I get to deal with wrinkles too!" However, in my quest to conquer both of these common skin woes, I sought out help from countless department stores and skincare consultants, explaining to them how hydration is one of the most important steps in my beauty routine, but also one of the trickiest. When it came to finding moisturizers, nothing solved all my issues. Moisturizers and night creams that helped keep my skin clear were often not moisturizing enough and emphasized my fine lines, while all my fancy, expensive products that plumped my skin often lead to fresh whiteheads come morning.Read More
We all have that go-to item that we end up wearing time and time again throughout the season. In the winter, it's usually a pair of booties or my leather jacket. A few summers ago, it was a casual gray dress with a faux-wrap detail that was (and still is) so comfortable. Currently, this floral midi dress from Banana Republic is already the best dress for Summer 2017. Since I'm not usually a wearer of prints or bright colors, this moody floral injects both of those into my wardrobe without making me feel like a different person. The midi length and asymmetrical silhouette is comfortable, breezy, and feels a bit dressier than your run-of-the-mill mini. It's easily dressed up (without becoming too dressy) with a pair of heels, but can be a bit more casual with a simple pair of espadrilles or sandals. Paired with classic nude sandals from Sam Edelman, beautiful Ghurka bag, and glamorous sunnies from Raen, I feel like I may as well be strolling the streets of Italy clad in Dolce & Gabbana.Read More
Every Summer, LA becomes abuzz with events galore; from outdoor movie screenings to food truck festivals and everything in between, the events this summer are non-stop. But since we hate feeling overwhelmed with the endless choices of what to do, we've narrowed it down to the 10 essential events.
1. Arroyo Seco Weekend -- June 24th/25th : An inaugural new music festival by Goldenvoice, Arroyo Seco Weekend has already made quite a splash in the local music scene. The two-day event boasts an impressive line-up of bands from Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers to Mumford & Sons. But the Coachella organizers have been equally savvy in their food choices, working with local restaurants like Barrel & Ashes, Broken Spanish, Fritzi Coop, Kettle Black, Kogi, Sawyer and more to provide the bites, making this event fit for foodies and music lovers alike.
2. Eat.See.Here / Street Food Cinema / Cinespia / Rooftop Cinema Club : Ok, this technically counts as 4 separate events. But to avoid overwhelming you with a million different outdoor film-viewing possibilities, I'm consolidating them. Ever since Cinespia, movie screenings at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery, became the thing to do during the summer, other outdoor film screenings keep cropping up. Each one offers something unique; Eat.See.Hear opens all of their movies with a concert and features a handful of food trucks to supply the night's bites. Street Food Cinema is allll about the food trucks, while Rooftop Cinema Club hosts their outdoor movie screenings on (you guessed it) a rooftop in Hollywood.
3. DT Stage Concert Series @ Pershing Square : Like our outdoor movie obsession, LA is also a city full of free concerts come summertime. Most of them are just ok, but the line-up for the DT Stage Concert Series in Pershing Square actually looks great, with The Wallflowers headlining on July 15th.
4. Harry Potter @ The Hollywood Bowl : Since who knows how long we'll have to wait before The Cursed Child makes its way to The Pantages, in the meantime, we'll just have to enjoy our favorite childhood movies in concert at LA's grandest venue. The LA Philharmonic will be playing along to John Williams' iconic score as we watch The Chamber of Secrets and The Prisoner of Azkaban.
5. FYF Fest -- July 21st-23rd : One of LA's most underrated (but fairly long-running) music festivals, FYF at Exposition Park always manages to fly under-the-radar but boasts a cult following of people who attend every year. This year, the lineup includes a ragtag mix of Missy Elliot, Bjork, Nine Inch Nails, and Frank Ocean as headliners, with acts like Iggy Pop, Solange, MGMT, Hannibal Buress, and plenty more rounding out the quirky event.
Let's not get into the ugly war that is NorCal v. SoCal, ok? We've each got a lot of great things going on, and eventually, California is going to need to figure out how to get over our differences and band together when it splits off to form its own country. But one thing we can all agree on is that, when it comes to sunshine, sorry SF-- we've got you beat. I recently spent a few days in the Bay Area courtesy of Hana Gin and Hotel Zetta, and the June Gloom was in full force. But I guess it was nice to break out the camel coat one last time before summer arrives. Shop the look below!Read More
One of Ocean Ave's new arrivals, O + O Sicilian quietly opened at the end of 2016 in the Elovate Vegan Kitchen space, offering classic Italian dishes and plenty of wine and cocktails. Their brunch menu is definitely where it's at though, with beachside bottomless spritzes & mimosas for $20 without the trashy touristy surroundings. They have some typical brunch go-to's, like Italian-style frittatas and a really nice smoked salmon bruschetta, but our favorites definitely included the Burrata and Heirloom Tomato pizza (a non-traditional choice for brunch, but worked surprisingly well), and the Arancini, fried risotto balls with mushrooms, spinach, and ricotta. Everything was fresh and tasty, and the patio couldn't have been a nicer venue to enjoy a long meal on the weekend.Read More